Washington released 40-year-old Jamey Carroll, who was competing for the utility infielder job on a minor-league contract.
Carroll looked just about done for the Twins and Royals last season, hitting .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games while struggling to control the strike zone for the first time in his career. He’s also no longer really a legitimate option defensively at shortstop, which makes him ill-suited for a true utility man role.
However, assuming that he wants to keep playing at age 40 there should be some team that likes Carroll’s veteran-ness enough to give him a look. Back in January he reportedly had multiple offers before deciding on the Nationals.
At least six teams are interested in free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a recent report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Known suitors include the Cubs, who will reportedly be in attendance during one of the shortstop’s offseason workouts as they decide whether or not to press forward with a deal.
The Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on Tuesday as general manager Ross Atkins admitted he couldn’t rely on the 34-year-old to bounce back from season-ending bone spur removal surgery and be the kind of consistent presence the club needed going forward. Toronto is expected to absorb the remaining $38 million on Tulowitzki’s contract, which includes the $20 million he’s due in 2019, another $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout in 2021.
The veteran slugger will be available to any interested team at a minimum $600,000, an undeniably attractive bargain if he recovers in advance of the 2019 season. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 and slashed .249/.300/.378 with 17 extra-base hits and a .678 OPS through 260 PA. Per Slusser, Tulowitzki appears to be angling for a job with the Athletics — even going so far as to say he’d be willing to switch positions in order to play for a winning team — though they have yet to reach out about a potential deal this winter.